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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Internals and Setup

03/04/2014 - 08:33

Internals: While I didn't field strip the EX2, I did pop open its lid to see how easy hard drive swaps were: [inline:files/review/2014-03-04/DSC00109.JPG] Drives can be easily hot swapped with the device still on, though the swaps are not completely...

Intel SSD 730 480GB Full Review - Overclocked Data Center SSD for the Enthusiast

02/27/2014 - 12:00

Introduction: Intel launched their first consumer SSD more than five years ago. Their very first SSD, the X25-M, might have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, but once the initial bugs were worked out, it proved to be an excellent example of what a...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

02/26/2014 - 23:32

Conclusion: PROS: Excellent performance, especially IOPS at low QD Data Center pedigree and reliability Data Center grade power loss protection Good cost/GB (se below) CONS: High power draw and corresponding high temps may be an issue for some [...

Performance Over Time, TRIM, and Temperature

02/26/2014 - 23:31

Performance Over Time and TRIM: After a brief fragmentation run and without TRIM in use, here is the first sequential scrub: [inline:files/review/2014-02-26/frag-1.png] The SSD 730 is clearly intended to be used with TRIM, and when optimizing as such,...


02/26/2014 - 23:28

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

02/26/2014 - 23:27

Back with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB review, I revised the layout of these graphs to better show SSD latency and access time.  First, I have removed HDD results as they throw the scale too far to tell any meaningful difference in the SSD...

IOMeter - IOps

02/26/2014 - 23:25

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998 - since then it got wide...


02/26/2014 - 23:24

For these tests, we use RankDisk, an application developed and copyrighted by Intel. In our testing, we found RankDisk to be suitable for a neutral benchmark. RankDisk is used to record a trace of disk activity during usage of typical applications. These...


02/26/2014 - 23:22

HDTune tests a similar level of features as compared with HDTach, but with a different access pattern. Thus provides us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. Here we can get the minimum, maximum...


02/26/2014 - 23:21

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test...